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The Gastonia Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office works hand-in-hand with the Building Department and Zoning to mandate all new construction, major renovations, and occupancy change of uses within the city limits of Gastonia, North Carolina. 

If your project includes the installation or modification of fire alarm and detection systems, automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems, automatic fire suppression systems, spray paint booths, tanks, tents or membrane structure including carnivals, blasting, or underground/aboveground flammable liquid storage tanks the following process should be followed to expedite your project:

  1. Check the plan submittal requirements located at the links on the Permits and Construction page for easy to follow instructions on what is required. Doing so will assure you are submitting the correct way.
  2. In order for the work to be done, a permit MUST be obtained through the Fire Marshal’s office. Work done without a permit will result in a stop work order being issued, double fee assessed, and the Fire Marshal will contact the state to report the illegal work that was done.
  3. Plans for any of the above mentioned must be submitted either via our new City View user portal, directly in person, or via postal mail to the Fire Marshal’s Office located at: 260 N. Myrtle School Road in Gastonia, North Carolina 28052. The desired method of delivery is through our new City View User Portal.
  4. To use the City View user portal go to Look in the fire department section, and click apply for a fire permit. Note you must register for an account prior to submittal, and activate the account from a valid email address before using. Please review the following video on registering for an account at: going to the portal page after signing in, click apply for a fire permit, in the choose the application type, and select Fire, and then complete the rest of the boxes. We accept electronic plans through the portal, however again see the submittal guidelines for the scale the plans need to be drawn to BEFORe submitting. 
  5. If you are not sending through the City View portal, plans must be accompanied with a completed permit application and permit fee. Permit fees that are not paid via the City View portal must be done via check. Plans that are submitted with no permit fee will be turned down until all fees are paid.
  6. The Fire Marshal’s Office reserves 10 business days to receive, review, and communicate back to the submitting company.
  7. Once the plans are reviewed and if approved the permit will be issued either via City View or via email. The permit must be picked up from the Fire Marshal’s Office if submittal was not made via City View, and remain on site for the duration of the work being done.
  8. The Fire Marshal’s Office reserves the right to change or modify and fire protection system or device on site according to the fire code, even if the plans have been previously approved.

Our goal is to assist you with your project being done within the city limits of Gastonia, and to assure that it is done according to the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code. 


Chris Stowe

Fire Marshal

Gastonia Fire Department

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